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More on Taiwan

March 18, 2008

A friend sent a link to an article in the National Geographic about jade earrings found in burial sites throughout SE Asia dating from 500 BC to 500 AD. Their source could be pin-pointed to a single site in Taiwan which hints again at the importance of Taiwan aboriginal culture to the the early development of ethnic groups in the region.

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Taiwan

March 13, 2008

I’ve been surprised by seeing Taiwan popping up frequently since I started this blog. This is because it was the original home of the Austronesian languages and the ethnic groups who use them. Not only the Malays and the Polynesians can trace their roots back there but there is a possibility that the Tai-Kadai languages also have a connection which could mean that the Tai tribes also originated from this island.

 Now only 2% of population are classified as Taiwanese aboriginals, but up until fairly recent history they were the main inhabitants of the island and it didn’t come under Chinese control for the first time until the Qing Dynasty in the 1660s after removing a Dutch settlement that had been started there. Later it was to come under Japanese rule and finally became the Republic of China when Chiang Kai-shek led the retreating Kuomintang forces there in 1949.